Lizzie Andrew Borden

Burial Location Visited
Fall River, Massachusetts June 25, 2010


This is the grave of Lizzie Borden,                                               Borden was accused of the murders and
a local legend who is believed to                                                 put on trial, but was not convicted. Still,
have used a hatchet to kill her father                                          she is regarded by society today as the
and stepmother in 1892.                                                            guilty party.


The Borden household, which is where the                                  After her trial, Lizzie Borden began going
gruesome murders occurred, now functions                                 by the name "Lizbeth". It is this moniker
as a museum and a bed and breakfast.                                       that is on her grave.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Alleged murderess Lizzie Borden was born to Andrew Borden and his wife, Sarah, on July 19, 1860 in the town of Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie's mother passed away in March of 1863, and Andrew Borden remarried to Abby Durfee Gray a couple of years later. Andrew Borden was a moderately wealthy man who focused his attention on banking and real estate. Despite all of his money, Borden was a penny-pincher. He never had his house equipped with electricity or running water, although he could definitely afford those accommodations. He also preferred to use oil lamps rather than gas lamps because it saved him small amounts of money. As prominent as he was in the town of Fall River, Andrew Borden was not a well-liked figure there.

* Lizzie's relationship with her stepmother was not a good one. Many people described Abby Borden as uncaring and unaffectionate, and as Lizzie grew older, the fights between her and Abby became constant. Sometimes, the shouting matches became so loud that people walking down the street could hear what the two were arguing about. The topic of the debates often were about money and finances, with Lizzie's sister, Emma, joining in. For the most part, the atmosphere in the Borden household was hostile, something which could have brought on the bloody deaths of Andrew and Abby Borden.

* The horrific and mysterious hatchet murders were committed during the morning of August 4, 1892. After breakfast that morning, Andrew Borden went downtown to take care of business at his bank. Meanwhile, Abby Borden told the family maid, Bridget Sullivan, to wash all of the windows on the first floor of the house while she went upstairs. At some point between 9:00 and 9:30 AM, Abby Borden was killed in the guest room, where she had gone to make the bed. Her husband arrived back home at about 10:45 AM and went in the sitting room, where he dozed off on a sofa. He never woke up. Fifteen minutes later, Bridget Sullivan, who had since finished washing the windows, was up in her room when Lizzie called up to her. She said that someone had come in the house and killed her father. The police were notified, as were several neighbors. A little while later, Sullivan and a neighbor walked upstairs and discovered the body of Mrs. Borden. She had been struck approximately nineteen times with a hatchet, and her husband eleven times.

* A week after the murders, Lizzie Borden was arrested on suspicion that she was behind them. Upon her arraignment, she pled not guilty. There were not any proper facilities in Fall River to hold a female at the time, so Borden was taken to a jail in Taunton, Massachusetts, where she remained until her trial in June of the following year. It took ten minutes for the jurors to make up their minds, but they did not reconvene for an hour so that people did not assume that they had reached a decision prior to the trial. Despite evidence against her, including the fact that a hatchet was found in the basement and that she had tried to purchase poison a day before the murders, Lizzie Borden was acquitted.

* As one can imagine, however, life did not go back to normal for Lizzie Borden. After her sensational trial, she went back to her hometown, where residents shunned and ostracized her. She never married, but remained close to her sister, whom she lived with until Emma abruptly left in 1905. They never spoke to one another again, but died within days of each other in 1927. Even in death, Lizzie Borden remains a popular figure in American folklore. A famous (and inaccurate) poem about her that was created long ago is still renowned in the New England area. It goes as follows:

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

Spouse: None

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